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Voice of Lucky's Mum in Bluey, Comedic journalist, MC and Author

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The greatest achievements come from taking the biggest leaps of faith.


From a 'ridiculously bad' radio interview with Russell Crowe that ended up winning the ABC's ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’, to presenting on The Project, and recently being cast in Bluey as Janelle aka “Lucky's Mum”, Anna Daniels is a journalist, TV presenter, and writer, and a master at turning things around and sharing inspiring stories.

Growing up as one of five children in Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia, Anna’s points of difference are her country background, her humour, her relatability and vibrancy, and her ability to hang in there with positivity and hope when times get tough!

With her laidback warmth, energy, and inspirational messages of resilience; taking leaps of faith; creating your own opportunities and transforming negatives into positives, Anna connects with audiences to realise their full potential.

Anna is currently playing the role of “Janelle” Lucky’s Mum on the much-loved kid’s series Bluey. Janelle is the NSW State of Origin Blues-loving Labrador retriever and made her debut in the ‘Pass the Parcel’ episode before she belted out those hilarious lines in ‘The Decider’ episode as the footy-mad lone NSW supporter! Anna says “It’s such a joyous celebratory show of Australian culture, and obviously incredibly popular”.

Anna’s refreshing sense of humour has been entertaining us for several years as a presenter on The Project. From sailing aboard the Queen Mary 2; joining an outback postie on one of Australia’s longest mail-runs, to reporting from Beef Week in Rockhampton, and presenting live from The Project desk in Melbourne, Anna’s highly entertaining segments have been a hit with both urban and rural audiences.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from QUT in Brisbane, Anna has written, presented and produced exciting content for some of Australia’s and the UK’s highest-rating programs. In addition to presenting her own stories for The Project, she produced Red Symons’ Breakfast Program on ABC Radio Melbourne, presented for the popular Channel 7 travel show Queensland Weekender, and produced the BBC One series John Bishop’s Australia, featuring the UK comedian, John Bishop.

In 2004, as a junior ABC rural reporter, Anna knew she could not air her nerve-racked and error-ridden 40 minute-interview with superstar Russell Crowe. Then, in a stroke of genius, she edited the interview and turned the calamity into comic relief.
“It turned out to be ridiculous and funny and won the ABC’s ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’,’’ Anna says. “It’s always been a good reminder to me of how you can take a potentially disastrous situation and turn it into a positive.’’
With a great passion for comedy, Anna kicked off her presenting career with the ABC, co-winning the network’s Comedy Segment of the Year Award for her radio interview with Russell Crowe. She then went on to co-create the ABC’s first online comedy series, ’Tough at the Top’, set in Darwin, with Melbourne comedian Anne Edmonds. Winning national comedy awards, the Tough at the Top sketches continue to be a hit on YouTube.
In 2016, Anna’s debut novel, Girl in Between, was shortlisted for the Vogel Awards and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2017. Girl in Between has become one of Australia’s bestselling debuts, and has recently been reprinted in Australia, and released by Random House in Germany.
She is currently working on her own kid's TV show idea with production company, Northern Pictures, and has hopes to adapt ‘Girl In Between’ for TV.

Talking Points

How to connect with Humour and Heart

From growing up as one of five children in a 'big, crazy, loving family' in Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia, Anna has entertained us on the national stage. A natural comedic storyteller, Anna wrote and presented her own funny stories for The Project on Network Ten, and travel show Queensland Weekender on Network Seven. She approaches life with positivity and hope, and has a great knack of being able to turn a negative into a positive. When playing back a 'disastrous' interview she'd conducted with superstar Russell Crowe, for example, Anna decided to make light of her mistakes and produced a piece on 'How Not to Interview Russell Crowe'...which went on to win the ABC's Comedy Segment of the Year Award, as is currently played as part of the Journalism degree at her former university, QUT. A big believer in backing yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone, Anna has taken leaps of faith which have seen her start out on The Project as a researcher and end up as a presenter, and now, writing her debut romantic comedy novel, 'Girl In Between' which will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2017. With heart and humour, Anna enjoys connecting with all audiences.

Master of Ceremonies - Energising and Engaging

Friendly, funny, and upbeat, Anna uses her unique blend of humour and warmth to keep a conference crowd energised, motivated, and enthused for the speakers and sessions ahead! As an MC, Anna knows the importance of making every attendee and speaker feel supported, inspired, and excited to learn from industry leaders, and she creates an atmosphere of positivity, fun and expectation, whilst also synthesising the big ideas from speakers to ensure maximum impact for audiences.

With Anna as your MC, you can be assured of running a highly successful, empowering and (on-time) motivating event!

Reworking ideas from Rejection to Relaunch

In this keynote, Anna touches on the idea of creating your own opportunities by taking action when you don’t know what the outcome will be after you have been rejected. She explores having the courage to approach people with ideas and putting yourself out there with authenticity.

Key points:
- Being vulnerable can actually be a pathway to success
- Acting on your instincts, not overthinking things and taking leaps of faith can be the key to getting results
- Being resilient in the face of failure as a creative, and using stumbling blocks as stepping stones for success
- Using your unique 'selling points' to create your own brand and maximising your points of difference can unlock doors you didn't know existed
- How to connect with humour and heart
We really enjoyed having Anna MC our two day conference in Tweed Heads and found her very accommodating, flexible, light hearted and enthusiastic. Anna’s prior research into our organisation enabled her to personalise her role as MC which received positive feedback from all of our delegates. We would highly recommend Anna to any organisation looking for a true professional to coordinate an event. First National Real Estate

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Marian McLeod

Senior Consultant

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